News - November 2019 Newsletter

November 2019 Newsletter

NOVEMBER 2019 Newsletter

 We are heading in to one of the busier half terms, on the lead up to Christmas.  We have several events coming up over this half term, including the Infant Christmas Nativity and the Junior Christmas Concert, led by our Junior children, and the Dance Festival.     


01/11/19 All Saints Mass in Church 9.15am

06/11/19  Football v Staining at Poolfoot 4pm

08/11/19 Year 2 Assembly 9.05am

08/11/19 Gazette photo of Reception class

10/11/19 Remembrance Service 10.40am -Library

11/11/19 Fire Brigade visit Y2/6

12/11/19 Tempest school photographs

12/11/19 Sportshall Athletics competition 2-4pm

15/11/19 Football Kid’s Cup Poolfoot 10am-2pm

22/11/19 Year 1 Assembly 9.05am

22/11/19 Reception visit to Thornton Library

24/11/19 Sportshall Athletics at UCLAN

25/11/19 Dance Festival at Opera House 6.30pm

27/11/19 Girls’ Football tournament Poolfoot 1pm

28/11/19 Speedstacking competition

29/11/19 Reception Class Assembly 9.05am

01/12/19 Church Mass and Christmas Fayre

09/12/19 Infant Nativity in Church 6pm

10/12/19 Infant Nativity in Church 2pm

16/12/19 Panto trip

16/12/19 Junior Christmas Concert in Church 6pm

17/12/19 Christmas Music Concert 3.30pm

18/12/19 School Christmas Fair 2.30pm

19/12/19 Christmas Dinner

20/12/19  Finish for Christmas 1.30pm


On Thursday 14th November, the classrooms will be open for parents to see their child’s work, from 3pm to 4pm.


Thank you to everyone who attended the Chocolate Bingo, we had 200 guests in the hall, and it was a  very enjoyable evening.  Thank you to the staff, parents and children who helped to organise the evening and make it run so smoothly.


We were invited to a swimming match with Rossall, giving our children a fantastic opportunity to race competitively.  Children from each of years 4, 5 and 6 were chosen, and the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  The children also won several races, both individual and in relays too, with strong performances from all of the children involved.


Good luck to the children chosen to represent school in the Sportshall Athletics competition on Tuesday 12th November, as we attempt to win it for the seventh year running!  Thank you to Mrs Rae, Mr Eaton and Mr Cooke for helping to prepare the children.


Mr Eaton has started a Maths Clinic to assist parents in supporting their children with Maths.  Many of the subject areas in Maths are being taught earlier, and especially with the GCSE programme of study.  If you would to talk about Maths, Mr Eaton is available from 8.30am on Tuesday mornings in the Da Vinci Building.


We will be attending the Remembrance Sunday service at the War Memorial in Thornton, meeting in the Library Car Park at 10.20am on Sunday 10th November.


Congratulations to the children chosen for the school Dodgeball team, as they represented school in the inaugural Glow in the Dark Dodgeball competition at Cardinal Allen.  The children had great fun, were a credit to the school and won six games!


Thank you to everyone who contributed cakes and money towards our cake sale, to raise money for Mission Together in South Africa, we really appreciate the generosity and thoughtfulness.  We raised £244 for Mission Together.


All of our infants are performing in the Nativity in Church, starting at 6pm on Monday 9th December, with a matinee on Tuesday 10th December at 2pm, and all family members are welcome to attend (no tickets needed).  There will be a raffle for a hamper at each performance.  NO PHOTOGRAPHS OR VIDEOS ARE ALLOWED OF THE CHILDREN.


All of our juniors are performing in the Junior Christmas Concert, in Church, starting at 6pm on Monday 16th December, and all family members are welcome to attend (no tickets needed).  There will be a raffle for a hamper too!  NO PHOTOGRAPHS OR VIDEOS ARE ALLOWED OF THE CHILDREN.


The Confirmation programme is under way through Church, with Father Peter and the Catechists working towards the children receiving Confirmation, with the visit of Bishop Paul Swarbrick, on Sunday 12th January 2020. 


Congratulations to our Year 2 Multiskills team, who took part in the multi-sports event at Cardinal Allen. We hope they continue to enjoy sports and inspire others to take part in sport.


We are continuing with music tuition this year, and we have tutors available for clarinet, guitar, keyboard, flute or violin.  If your child is interested in starting to learn to play an instrument, please see the school office.


Thank you to Mr Santamera for organising the football team this year, and they have been competing in the Central Venue League, with further fixtures to come this month and in January, at Poolfoot Farm.


If you need childcare before or after school, please see the school office, or ring Mrs Porter direct on 07538924508.  We have extended opening until 6pm.   The cost of the morning session is £2.75 and the after school session is £5.50.

The Breakfast Club is open from 7.30am until school time, and children receive food and drinks at both the breakfast and after school clubs.


In addition to no longer being allowed to authorise holiday absences, we are now expected to see evidence of appointments. If your child requires a medical appointment during school time. Please contact school before 9.30am if your child is absent, otherwise the absence could be deemed unauthorised.


Articles of jewellery are not allowed in school, as they could cause injury to the wearer or another person. Earrings have been a constant source of argument and injury in the past. The Local Authority bans them for P.E. and swimming. The Governors of this school have ruled that no jewellery, other than a wrist watch, can be worn in school. Shoes must be worn as standard uniform.  Nail varnish is also not be worn by children.



Please can all property and clothing belonging to your children have their names written or sewn in.


Please use plain hair bands and clips for children’s hair. Fashion bows or headbands are not part of our school uniform.  Please can long hair be tied back.

At Sacred Heart, Mohican hairstyles and shaved patterns into hair are not acceptable.



Please make sure that the medicines permission form has been completed if your child needs prescribed medicine in school. If you need a form (for prescribed medicines only), please contact the school office or see Mrs. Bowden


If you would like to add your child to the admissions list, please see the School Office, If you have a sibling of a child currently at Sacred Heart, it is still worth registering with us. We also hold registers of interest for 2021 and 2022.


We have Tempest coming in to school on Tuesday 12th November, to offer photographs to children.  There is an opportunity for family photographs together at 8.30am.


Please could all parents refrain from using the school car park at all times. This includes when collecting children from clubs that finish at 4.30pm, as we do not have the space for all cars.  This is to protect the safety of parents and children.


Please do not drive up the school drive at all during the beginning or end of the school days.  Please can parents refrain from walking on the drive, as it is dangerous, potentially life-threatening and a terrible example to children.   We have a barriered pedestrian path suitable for everyone.


We are continuing to retain our school meal price at £1.65 per meal, which we will continue to keep for the foreseeable future, still the lowest of all the local schools. School requires two weeks notice if you change from school dinner to packed lunch or vice versa. 


Please can you ensure that you have given school any change of contact details, particularly changing mobile phone numbers. Also, the more contacts listed for a child the easier it is to get in touch regarding your child, particularly in an emergency.


Thank you to all the staff who have given up their time to start clubs

for the children already this term.

Dance for infants (Mrs Rae) Mon 3.30-4.15pm Y1/2

Change4life: Fri 3.30pm—4.30pm Y5/6

Athletics (Wed 3.30pm-4.30pm Y4-6)

Wake up Shake Up (Mon/Wed/ Fri before school)

Football Y5/6 (Mon)

Tag Rugby 12.40pm most lunch times

Choir: KS2 Thur 8.20am (Mrs Bowden)

Dance Festival rehearsals: Tue 3.30-4.30pm

Running: Friday lunchtimes

Speedstacking: Mon lunchtime Y3-6